Irene Cara, who won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy for the smash hit “Flashdance…What a Feeling” from the film Flash dance, is dead. She was 63.
ONE post from Irene Cara’s publicist read in part, “It is with deep sadness that I announce, on behalf of her family, the death of Irene Cara…The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away at her home in Florida.” No official cause of death has been disclosed.
Irene Cara first broke out with the 1980s fame, in which she played aspiring professional performer Coco Hernandez. For her inspiring turn, Cara earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Cara gained even greater fame a few years later with the 1983s Flash dance, which won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. She would also win a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. ONE Flash dance series was announced as under development in 2020, while fame has previously been adapted for the small screen.
Irene Cara has the distinction of having more songs on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Songs list, with “Flashdance…What a Feeling” at #55 and “Fame” up a few spots at #51.
In addition to her great successes with fame and Flash danceIrene Cara also appeared on soundtracks for films such as Kills them softly, Certain Fury and All dogs go to heaven.
Cara performed for most of her career, appearing in various television shows (What happens!!, Roots: The Next Generation) and stage productions (The Wiz, Jesus Chris Superstar). While she also had other charting songs, she never matched the legacy of fame and Flash dance. Still, the songs remain classics of the 1980s cinematic experience.
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